Registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon (race day is April 17) is now open and will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. If you are hoping to make it into the venerable race, be aware that during this period, any eligible qualifier may submit an application for entry into next April’s race, but entries will NOT be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rather, the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group will be awarded acceptance before applicants with slower qualifying times. The gender and age-group fields will then be filled until the maximum number of race entries is reached.
Those accepted for entry will be notified via e-mail and their names will be posted to the “Entrants” page of the B.A.A. website. Entry will be based on the amount of remaining field size space and an applicant’s qualifying performance.
The first week of registration concluded at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 17, during which time qualifiers who bettered their qualifying standard by 20 minutes, 10 minutes, and five minutes could submit online entries. Registration then re-opened on Monday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET for athletes who have met the Boston Marathon standards by any amount of time.
Due to field size limitations, not all qualifiers who submit an entry will necessarily be accepted. If more runners apply than can be accepted, then acceptance will be granted to the fastest qualifiers among the applicants.
“The B.A.A. will not predict or provide an anticipated date for when the race will reach its maximum field of qualified applicants, nor will the B.A.A. predict the ‘cut off’ time needed to gain an individual entry into the 2017 Boston Marathon,” according to a press release. “The total number of qualifiers and their qualifying times determine such ‘cut off’ times.”
Registration for individuals who wish to participate among the wheelchair division, visually impaired division, and mobility impaired program (including duo teams and hand-cycles) will open on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. ET. For athletes with disabilities, specific information on the registration timetable can be found at www.baa.org.
Updates will be provided on a consistent basis through the B.A.A.’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account.